ARRA Research

Geologic Sequestration Site Characterization (GSSC) -

Recovery Act: Characterization of the Triassic Newark Basin of New York & New Jersey for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide

Performer: Sandia Technologies LLC

Project No: FE0002352

Project Description

Sandia Technologies, LLC (Sandia), in partnership with Conrad Geoscience Corporation, Schlumberger Carbon Services, Columbia University, Rutgers University, the New York State Museum, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will examine the potential for large-scale, permanent storage of CO2 in deep strata of the Newark Rift Basin (NRB). The NRB underlies a heavily industrialized region comprising parts of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The primary focus of this project is to examine and prove the suitability of these Triassic to Cambrian formations for geologic storage of CO2.

This project includes the analysis of existing hydrologic, geologic, and oil and gas well data; development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) database; geologic and conceptual modeling (Figure 1); and drilling and completing a characterization well. Drilling a stratigraphic test well to near-geologic basement (approximately 8,000 feet total depth) will provide Sandia with formation water samples, native formation pressures, and estimates of formation porosity, permeability, grain and bulk density, lithology, and mineralogy. A second characterization well, drilled in conjunction with Columbia University, and the completion of a 2-D seismic survey will also further characterize the basin.

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